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Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future.
Kirby is the last shining girl, one of the bright young women, burning with potential, whose lives Harper is destined to snuff out after he stumbles on a House in Depression-era Chicago that opens on to other times.
At the urging of the House, Harper inserts himself into the lives of the shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He's the ultimate hunter, vanishing into another time after each murder, untraceable - until one of his victims survives.
Determined to bring her would-be killer to justice, Kirby joins the Chicago Sun-Times to work with the ex-homicide reporter, Dan Velasquez, who covered her case. Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on the impossible truth....
The Shining Girls is a masterful twist on the serial killer tale: a violent quantum leap featuring a memorable and appealing heroine in pursuit of a deadly criminal.
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By Susan on 06-14-13
Wow, great, creepy thriller!
I learned very early on while listening to this book to pay close attention. It has many threads that wind around each other, and a timeline that passes back and forth as the macabre plot unfolds. This is one of the better books I have read in a while. When I reluctantly had to turn it off, I could not wait to get back to this non stop twisting story.
Quite a ride following a ruthless psychopath into the future, and past, who has some sort of twisted timetable of murders to accomplish. The killer feels confused about whether he is choosing the victims or is being compelled by a house that is on sliding rule of time. Part of his ritual is to visit each victim, "shining girl", when they are younger to tell them that he will see them again and to give each one a small token. Some remember him when he returns much later, some don't.
As the murders go on throughout the years investigators never match the MO to a serial killer because of the time separation. When he thinks he is almost done with the years of predesigned killings, he finds out that one of his victims has survived and is tracking him through the, "out of time", tokens he leaves on the victims. In order for his insane destiny to be met he must find and kill her. In order for her to retain her sanity, she knows, she has to find and stop him no matter what it takes.
All of the great narrators are what helped to make this listen a grand slam. I found this book to be very reminiscent of Stephen Kings early, more graphic books, definitely not for the faint of heart. Headphones suggested. Highly recommend.
24 of 24 people found this review helpful
By L. O. Pardue on 07-16-13
You will either love it or hate it
Have you ever been on a roll where you have listened to several wonderful books in a row, and you begin to believe that your luck of choosing the next great read won't end. I have been in book heaven this past several weeks only to have the "Law of Averages" hit me with this choice.
This was not the book for me. Yet, I completely understand why there is a large audience for this book with lots of ecstatic reviews from many credible sources.
PROs: The book is very well written by Lauren Beukes. The mood was ominous from the start. Kudos to the narrators -- they did a very good job.
-- The time travel was very interesting and not real hard to follow even though I normally like my books to have a higher than average believability ratio.
CONs: If you like your violent scenes described only to the point that the reader understands what happened, you will find these murders against women (torture really) hard to listen. The goriness is provided in the most graphic detail. I read lots of violent books, but the creepiness and gruesomeness of these murders were way beyond my tolerance level.
-- The killer's character was much more developed than the last remaining girl, Kirby. Kirby, whom I wanted to like, was so sarcastic in all her interactions that I began to dread her time on the page. The killer is described as charming, but all his interactions with people, especially the "shining girls", was not charming at all -- just very creepy.
I just could not get past the 5th hour of the book. For the audience this book was intended, I do think you should read some reviews by people who finished the book and were delighted with the experience. This might be a book that you will enjoy.
28 of 29 people found this review helpful